Quantum thermodynamics for driven dissipative bosonic systems

Maicol A. Ochoa*, Natalya Zimbovskaya, Abraham Nitzan

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We investigate two prototypical dissipative bosonic systems under slow driving and arbitrary system-bath coupling strength, recovering their dynamic evolution as well as the heat and work rates, and we verify that thermodynamic laws are respected. Specifically, we look at the damped harmonic oscillator and the damped two-level system. For the former, we study independently the slow time-dependent perturbation in the oscillator frequency and in the coupling strength. For the latter, we concentrate on the slow modulation of the energy gap between the two levels. Importantly, we are able to find the entropy production rates for each case without explicitly defining nonequilibrium extensions for the entropy functional. This analysis also permits the definition of phenomenological friction coefficients in terms of structural properties of the system-bath composite.

Original languageEnglish
Article number085434
JournalPhysical Review B
Issue number8
StatePublished - 23 Feb 2018


FundersFunder number
National Science Foundation1523463, CHE1665291, 1665291
United States - Israel Binational Science Foundation
University of Pennsylvania
Deutsche ForschungsgemeinschaftTH 820/11-1


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